THE SECOND MILLENIUM AND THE ADVENT OF THE WOODEN BARRELS
Around the year 1200, the Sicilians began preserving white wine in wooden barrels, allowing for better and longer conservation. Up until then, the most widely used form of preservation was the goatskin container (ancient Greece), or the terracotta jar.
Sicilian earth is very rich in clay, and has, therefore, always used pottery, lacquered with a pine resin, to conserve many kinds of products. Even today, resined wine or retsina is produced in Greece.
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